A chat with Congressman Jerry McNerney
Jun 22nd, 2020 by Contra Costa Today
On this episode, I chat with Congressman Jerry McNerney after he attended a Juneteenth Celebration in the City of Antioch. We get into the tone in Washington DC, the national debate on police and racial bias. We talk COVID-19 and upcoming bills that are to be discussed and close by getting into technology, the environment and other topics.
00:35 – Intro
01:19 – McNerney on what the tone of Washington DC is with trying to change police regarding police policy such as chokeholds and bad actor police officers, setting standards and more. On being in California and trying to get the rest of the country to catch up on police policy. Balancing needs of different states versus state needs.
05:42 – We get into COVID-19 and impact its having including upcoming bills they are voting on such as the HEROS Act. From single payments to households of up to $6k to $600 per month for unemployment. McNerney highlights a lot of people are living paycheck to paycheck.
11:15: McNerney highlights that on Tuesday, they are having a hearing with Dr. Anthony Fauci. McNerney is one of two scientists in Congress and says that science needs a place at the table.
13:39 – McNerney shares we are already seeing the effects of climate change.
17:25 – McNerney says he believes Juneteenth should be a national holiday.
19:55 – Racial bias and how do we tackle that and make people more aware and become more inclusive of one another. McNerney says we have to tackle public safety, not just police. Social training and de-escalation training for officers. Universal policy for bad officers while police unions should not eb standing by bad officers who commit criminal acts.
23:29 – We get into loyalty to the badge vs. loyalty to fellow officer.
25:52 – We jump into Artificial Intelligence and technology along with drones and where we are headed. We also need better privacy laws. McNerney also shares technology that is impressing him.
36:15 – McNerney talks about the work at home economy and cyber protection is needed.
39:04 – We get into climate change and where we are at with the Delta, improving California Water Storage.
40:40 – We get into local issues that McNerney is watching which includes the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District. He also is watching the economy, broadband access, schools.
42:31 – McNerney shares an update on Mark DeSaulnier
43:10 – McNerney provides final thought on where we are headed.
46:45 – McNerney highlights how he would like to have corporate model change for social good and environmental good.